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When launching an e-commerce platform in international markets or in a new language, there are three critical success factors: localization, brand penetration and improved time to market/competitive nimbleness. Every e-commerce provider must keep these objectives in mind when considering how to expand its reach to new audiences and achieve its business goals -- in every market it serves.

At Fishbowl we specialise in ecommerce solutions that are cost effective, low maintenance and designed to boost your sales.

We use Zen Cart, ecommerce-templates, osCommerce & PayPal to deliver a smooth and enjoyable online shopping experience.

Zen Cart

Zen Cart™ truly is the art of e-commerce; a free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart system. 

Zen Cart™ features:

  • easy to set up
  • easy to customize
  • automate tasks, such as order confirmation
  • make navigation simple
  • built in promotions; discount coupons, gift certificates, newsletters and product notification
  • offer single item specials and storewide discounts (group discounts and quantity discounts - Coming in future editions)
  • built in Search Engine Optimization tools
  • password protect the Administration Tool (administration "levels" - Coming in future editions)
  • support multiple languages, currencies and tax structures

Fishbowl has the knowledge and experience required to set up a Zen Cart store and design fully optimised shopping systems for you.

osCommerce Online Store

osCommerce is an online shop ecommerce solution. It allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with no software costs or license fees. 

osCommerce is one of the best Open Source ecommerce solutions. There are over 3,000 online stores that are powered by osCommerce.

If you want your shopping site to be online in a hurry osCommerce has great templates on offer which can be tailored to suit your needs.

Fishbowl has the knowledge and experience required to set up an osCommerce store and design fully optimised osCommerce shopping cart systems for you.

Your online store will be in safe hands with Fishbowl.


  • General Functionality
    • Compatible with all PHP 4 versions
    • All features enabled by default for a complete out-of-the-box solution
    • Object oriented backend (MS3)
    • Completely multilingual with English, German, and Spanish provided by default
  • Setup / Installation
    • Automatic web-browser based installation and upgrade procedure
  • Design / Layout
    • Template struture implementation to:
      • allow layout changes to be adaptive, easy, and quickly to make (MS3)
      • allow easy integration into an existing site (MS3)
    • Support for dynamic images
  • Administration / Backend Functionality
    • Supports unlimited products and categories
      • Products-to-categories structure
      • Categories-to-categories structure
    • Add/Edit/Remove categories, products, manufacturers, customers, and reviews
    • Support for physical (shippable) and virtual (downloadable) products
    • Administration area secured with a username and password defined during installation (MS3)
    • Contact customers directly via email or newsletters
    • Easily backup and restore the database
    • Print invoices and packaging lists from the order screen
    • Statistics for products and customers
    • Multilingual support
    • Multicurrency support
      • Automatically update currency exchange rates
    • Select what to display, and in what order, in the product listing page
    • Support for static and dynamic banners with full statistics
  • Customer / Frontend Functionality
    • All orders stored in the database for fast and efficient retrieval
    • Customers can view their order history and order statuses
    • Customers can maintain their accounts
      • Addressbook for multiple shipping and billing addresses
    • Temporary shopping cart for guests and permanent shopping cart for customers
    • Fast and friendly quick search and advanced search features
    • Product reviews for an interactive shopping experience
    • Forseen checkout procedure
    • Secure transactions with SSL
    • Number of products in each category can be shown or hidden
    • Global and per-category bestseller lists
    • Display what other customers have ordered with the current product shown
    • Breadcrumb trail for easy site navigation
  • Product Functionality
    • Dynamic product attributes relationship
    • HTML based product descriptions
    • Automated display of specials
    • Control if out of stock products can still be shown and are available for purchase
    • Customers can subscribe to products to receive related emails/newsletters
  • Payment Functionality
    • Accept numerous offline payment processing (cheque, money orders, offline credit care processing, ..)
    • Accept numerous online payment processing (2CheckOut, PayPal,, iPayment, ..)
    • Disable certain payment services based on a zone basis
  • Shipping Functionality
    • Weight, price, and destination based shipping modules
    • Real-time quotes available (UPS, USPS, FedEx, ..)
    • Free shipping based on amount and destination
    • Disable certain shipping services based on a zone basis
  • Tax Functionality
    • Flexible tax implementation on a state and country basis
    • Set different tax rates for different products
    • Charge tax on shipping on a per shipping service basis

      A PayPal Shopping Cart

      One of the most simple and cost effective ecommerce solutions for small businesses is a PayPal shopping cart system. PayPal is a great option for low product volume.

      PayPal has the following benefits:

      • No monthly fees
      • No setup fees
      • Free eBay and web payment tools
      • Antifraud systems at no extra cost
      • Low transaction fees
      • State-of-the-art encryption, so your data is secure
      • Secure shopping that protects against online fraud
      • A proven track record. 71 million PayPal accounts have already been opened
      • No need for high level technical skills to operate a PayPal shopping cart system
      • Accepts payments from your website via most leading credit and debit cards
      • Your own online PayPal account to monitor transactions

      Fishbowl will guide you through the process of setting up a PayPal account and design you a fully optimised PayPal shopping cart system.